North Hollywood Highly Gifted Magnet
The Key to Success
Everybody dreams of success. We define it as the ultimate happiness for their whole life to
enjoy. However, success is known to be difficult to achieve because it must worth enough to
give you the pleasure for the rest of your life. Nowadays, our society focuses on the careers
that require erudition for the development of the country. To achieve those careers, we
simply believe that we need intelligence, talent, and hard work to cover all the aspects of
“success”, but that‘s not all.
Success is not only intelligence, talent, and hard work, but it involves with unique
opportunities. What we call opportunities is what others can’t have as their options to take.
But what unique opportunities does is that it separates from the other opportunities that
others had, making you special and outstanding than others. This leads you to success
because it will be your own advantage that no one has.
Successful people are often called outliers. It is a scientific term to describe things or
phenomena that lie outside normal experience. The normal experience that people have is
when they get good grades, go to good colleges, and work hard. But the outliers experience
their uniqueness throughout their lives. They have their opportunities that others don’t get,
and when those opportunities, his or her intelligence, talent, and hard work all come together
and overlap each other like a tower, the tower becomes the successful life that the person
Many examples apply. Everybody believes Bill Gates succeeded because of his intelligence.
However, that is not the only part that lead him to his present status. His unique
opportunities ? how his private school and an university nearby had a computer lab that he
could practice handling the computer without limits. He had his intelligence, his effort to
program computers for innumerable hours, and his unique opportunities that opened doors
to more chances to operate a computer back in the 1970s.
We must understand how much of a group project success is. When outliers become outliers
it is not just because of their own efforts. It’s because of the contributions of lots of different
people and lots of different circumstances? and that means that we, as a society, family,
and even a friend can have more control about who succeeds?and how many of us
succeed than we think. Everybody can be hopeful to dream of success if they catch their
opportunities at the right time.
<Sua Shin,North Hollywood Highly Gifted Magnet